The development of the Sports Centre aims at the revitalization of the area and the attraction of young people towards athletics within an environment that inspires team spirit, playfulness and visibility of special talents. The building program includes a basketball court, a gym, a swimming pool and an outdoors beach volleyball court.
"Heartbeat" | Design of a new 1,315 sq.m. Sports Center on Mesogeion Avenue in Athens
The Sports Centre is treated as a body that pulsates and transforms through the parameters of the building program and the spatial experience. The potential future expansion of the basketball courts area leads us to the detachment of the volume of the courts and then its reattachment with the rest of the building through a “box” of glass. The free flow of movement from one end to another interacts with the building through the configuration, shift and elevation of volumes, transfusing to the building the playfulness and the pulse of a body in motion. This playful beat responds to the general treatment of the design in terms of floor plans, volumes and façades.
The externalization of athletic activity is a way to broadcast the virtues of athletics and enhance socialization. The design of the building is such as to showcase each person’s qualities and skills but at the same time make them feel like part of a team. The variety of activities happening and the multiple viewpoints animate the building and boost the athletes’ performance.